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Refusing to Look at Jesus?

You may have already heard about the situation in the Syro-Malabar Church (a fully Catholic Eastern jurisdiction in full Communion with the Holy See). Apparently the priests were recently given a rule that requires them to face the tabernacle at certain points of the Mass, and some priests have been resisting it (see here). This has even reached the point where some of the priests have had to be disciplined for their reaction (which amounted to a worldly protest and even burning Cardinals in effigy!).

I do not know their situation exactly, but to resist something that was practiced universally in the Church until just a few years ago is a serious concern. Not because of the "fight" that is ensuing (that is bad enough). What I am truly concerned about is what is in the minds of those priests who refuse to face the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle? Why would any priest believe it is more correct to turn his back on Jesus when speaking to Him than to look toward Him? Something is not right here.


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